Statement of the Chairman at the conclusion of the 215th Session

Hon’ble Members,

The 215th Session of Rajya Sabha comes to a close. It
commenced on 12th February 2009 with the Rashtrapatijis
Address to both the Houses of Parliament. The Address was
discussed in the form of Motion of Thanks which spread
over two days and lasted for more than nine and a half
hours. The Interim Railway and Interim General Budgets for
the year 2009-10 were laid on the table on 13th and 16th
February, 2009 respectively. The discussions on the
Interim Railway Budget and Interim General Budget were
spread over three days and lasted for about twelve
hours. I have directed the Secretary General to make avail
able statistical information regarding this session.

I thank the Leader of the House, the Leader of the
Opposition, Leaders of various Parties and Groups and all
the Honble Members for the immense cooperation extended that has enabled the smooth conduct of House
proceedings. I also thank the Deputy Chairman, Members on the Panel of
Vice-Chairmen and the officers and staff of the Secretariat
for their help and cooperation. Before we adjourn, may I extend to all of you my greetings
and good wishes for the forthcoming festivals.

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